EI's Co-Valedictorians for 2015

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The high school’s Class of 2015 will honor two outstanding seniors as co-valedictorians at the school’s June 26 commencement, Lauren Farrell and Valli Mani.

Farrell, who will finish the year with a weighted GPA of 107.456, will attend SUNY Geneseo in this fall, where she plans to study chemical engineering.The historian of the East Islip chapter of the National Honor Society, Farrell is also a member of the Science Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society and Girls Leaders Club. She earned AP Scholar with Distinction honors this year, and was selected to participate in the prestigious Empire State Girls program. She plays on the varsity tennis team.

Mani, finishing with a weighted GPA of 107.421, is set to begin a combined bachelor’s/MD program in pre-med biology this fall at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, with a guaranteed entry to the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia after three years at Villanova.
Recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction, Mani serves as treasurer of the school’s Science Honor Society and is also a member of the National Honor Society and East Islip’s Medical and Health Technology Career Academy. A strong musician, she plays in East Islip’s pit orchestra and is principal flutist and co-president of the wind ensemble. Mani also competes on the girls varsity tennis team.

Both seniors attended the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s 21st annual Valedictorian Luncheon, held on May 27 at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge. The celebratory event was punctuated with music provided by the Islip High School Jazz Ensemble. 

Congratulating Farrell, Mani and the other Suffolk valedictorians on their hard work and academic achievements were East Islip Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi and Principal Bill Brennen as well as Dr. Roberta A. Gerold, SCSSA president and Middle Country School District superintendent of schools; Susan A. Schnebel, SCSSA president-elect and Islip School District superintendent of schools; Dr. Charles T. Russo, SCSSA vice president and East Moriches School District superintendent of schools; and Lars Clemensen, SCSSA secretary and Hampton Bays School District superintendent of schools.

Keynote speaker Roger Tilles, a member of the New York State Board of Regents, encouraged the valedictorians to always put things in perspective, develop a backbone, become proactive and involved, use their imagination and creativity, and find a job that matters.

“Love what you do and feel that it matters,” Tilles said. “There is no greater fun than that.”   

Each valedictorian was called to the stage to receive a certificate and gift of recognition. During their acknowledgment, the universities they plan on attending were announced, along with their intended majors.